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India's Car Sales In May Register Moderate Growth
The Indian automobile industry registered a moderate growth, with Tata Motors reporting a higher sales in May, compared to Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai Motors. On the export front, Tata Motors edged up.

ShoreTel Accelerates Savings in the Automotive Industry
ShoreTel® , the leading provider of brilliantly simple IP phone systems with fully integrated unified communications , today announced that an increasing number of organizations in the automobile industry are turning to ShoreTel for transformative IP-based communications solutions.

Govt to lose just 20 percent of auto bailout funds
The Obama administration says the government will lose less than 20 percent of the $80 billion used to bail out the U.S. automobile industry.

Toyota recalls Prius models for steering fix:
Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling 106,000 units of its first-generation

Gov auto bailout loss may only be 20%
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration says the government will lose less than 20 percent of the $80 billion used to bail out the U.S. automobile industry.

Govt to lose just 20 percent of auto bailout funds
The Associated Press The Associated Press WASHINGTON The Obama administration says the government will lose less than 20 percent of the $80 billion used to bail out the U.S. automobile industry. In a report released Wednesday, the president's National Economic Council says the losses are less than the administration originally expected. The report says the Treasury Department first thought the ...

Gov't to lose just 20 percent of auto bailout funds
The Obama administration says the government will lose less than 20 percent of the $80 billion used to bail out the U.S. automobile industry.

Gov’t To Lose $14B Of Auto Bailout Funds
The Obama administration says the government will lose less than 20 percent of the $80 billion used to bail out the U.S. automobile industry.

Govt to lose just 20% of auto bailout funds
The Obama administration says the government will lose less than 20% of the $80 billion used to bail out the U.S. automobile industry.

Bring a Trailer: 1960 Alfa Romeo Giulietta:
Our friends at Bring a Trailer are offering a gorgeous unrestored 1960

AUTOWEEK TV: Test-driving the 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport:
Also in today's show: The Audi A1 gets 496 hp, it's sales day, and Volvo looks at flywheel technology.

2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SE AWC, an AW Drivers Log Car Review:
ART DIRECTOR CHERYL L. BLAHNIK: Wow. What does everyone think of this Laguna blue paint job on this 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SE? Not sure I'm sold on the color with the alloy fuel door.

Chrysler, Mopar hope Ram Runner kit can challenge Ford SVT Raptor:
In an effort to compete with the Ford SVT Raptor off-road pickup, Chrysler and parts group Mopar have released the Ram Runner kit.

Saab gets more cash from China partner:
Saab has received another cash boost from its new China partner Pang Da with an additional order for 630 cars, worth 15 million euros or $21.7 million at current exchange rates.

May sales slide 4% on rising fuel prices, tight vehicle supplies:
U.S. light vehicle sales dropped 4 percent in May--the first decline since August--as rising gas prices, inventory shortages, higher stickers and economic jitters curbed demand.

Long-Term Car Introduction: 2011 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.0T:
It arrived a few days after the holidays, wrapped in slinky blue packaging and with a surprise lurking inside: a 274-hp turbo with plenty of pull and punch.

White House report: Government will lose less than 20 percent of auto bailout funds
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration says the government will lose less than 20 percent of the $80 billion used to bail out the U.S. automobile industry. In a report released Wednesday, the president’s National Economic Council says the losses are less than the administration originally expected. The report says the Treasury Department first thought the government would lose about 60 percent of ...

Tesla: Factory on track for 2012 Model S launch:
At Tesla Motors Inc.'s first annual shareholders meeting since going public last July, Tesla CEO Elon Musk provided a vision of using the full capacity of the former New United Motor Manufacturing Inc. plant it acquired from Toyota.

Government Expects to Lose Some Money Used in Auto Industry Bailout
The Obama administration says the government will lose less than 20 percent of the $80 billion used to bail out the U.S. automobile industry.

Rodeo Drive Concours dand#8217;Elegance celebrates Italian motoring with surprise featured marque:
The concours on Rodeo started in 1993 with a three-block-long celebration of beautiful cars highlighted by the world debut of the Ferrari 348 Spyder. Piero Ferrari was there, along with Luca di Montezemolo and Sergio Pininfarina.

Ford to make three-cylinder EcoBoost engine, eight-speed transmission:
UPDATED: Ford is taking a look at the powertrain of its future, and in a nutshell, it's going to be small--at least under the hood. That's because the Blue Oval is preparing a 1.0-liter, three-cylinder

Spyker CFO is set to step down in July as Saab raises more cash:
As Saab Automobile struggles to get back on its feet,

Silver linings: Saab and Mitsubishi see sales grow in May:
Despite the companyand#8217;s financial troubles,

Ford Pinto caravan heads cross-country to celebrate the model's 40th birthday :
As proof that there's a group of enthusiasts for just about everything, owners of the lowly Ford Pinto are taking to the roads in celebration of the car's 40th birthday.

Chevy to sponsor 2011 Woodward Dream Cruise:
UPDATED: One of the most iconic American brands has signed on to present one of America's greatest celebrations of sheetmetal.

AUTOWEEK TV: Taking a spin in the new VW Passat:
Also in this episode: Ford adds a three-cylinder engine to the EcoBoost family, Chevy sponsors the Woodward Dream Cruise, and the Tesla Model S is on track, the CEO says. And happy birthday to Kyle Petty.

Nissan is latest carmaker to salute U.S. military members with special discounts:
Nissan is now among automakers offering discount pricing for U.S. military members, the company confirmed last week.

Hagerty Insurance lists top 10 British cars to buy now:
A poignant buyer's guide, this one, what with it being British Car Week and all.

Did Audi import German ad from Chrysler and Eminem?:
Imported from Munich?

Obama Campaigns to Gain Car Industry Bailout Credit at Ohio Chrysler Plant
As President Barack Obama tours a Chrysler Group LLC assembly line in Ohio today, gaining political credit for the automobile industry’s government-aided turnaround may be as challenging as returning U.S. carmakers to profitability.

Audi R8 GT Spyder is an open-air V10 missile:
Audi has unveiled a limited-edition, open-top version of the mid-engine R8, called the GT Spyder.

Fiat takes majority control of Chrysler:
Fiat S.p.A. will pay $500 million for the U.S. government's 6 percent stake in Chrysler Group. With the move, Fiat boosts its Chrysler stake to a controlling 52 percent from 46 percent.

2011 Dodge Journey Lux, an AW Drivers Log Car Review:
EXECUTIVE EDITOR--AUTOWEEK.COM BOB GRITZINGER: I was thinking this 2011 Dodge Journey Lux was too pricey for the market, but a comparable three-row, AWD, V6-powered Chevrolet Traverse prices out at about $6,000 more.

BMW launches ad campaign to combat texting while driving:
We know that texting while driving is bad. Now a new national ad campaign from BMW puts the dangers of distracted driving in high relief.

AUTOWEEK TV: Small cars make the grade in crash tests:
Also in today's show: Eminem sues Audi, Nissan salutes the armed forces with a discount and Chevrolet patrols the streets with a rear-wheel-drive sedan.

Richard Petty honored in North Carolina with customized Dodge Challenger:
NASCAR legend and team owner Richard Petty took a break from his busy schedule on May 28 to host his inaugural Spring Fling Car Show at Petty's Garage in Level Cross, N.C., and to accept delivery of the Legacy Dodge Challenger.

A look at the Ford Mustang Boss builders:
Ford on Friday offered a glimpse of its assembly process for the Mustang Boss 302S race car by hosting a tour of the Niche Build Line adjacent to the Mustang assembly plant in Flat Rock, Mich.

Nissan Leaf to electrify events at Pikes Peak and Le Mans:
Nissan going racing isn't news. Nissan going racing with the Leaf electric car is news.

Rear-drive revelers: Spring Fest draws LX devotees to California love-in:
Long before Eminem boosted the image of Detroit and the Chrysler 200, Fatchance was getting the West Coast party started for Chrysler's rear-drive LX cars.

Mazda reportedly to pull out of Michigan joint venture with Ford:
Mazda is reportedly pulling out of a joint manufacturing venture with Ford Motor Co. that was thought to be unprofitable for the Japanese carmaker.

Wisconsin hybrid parade aims to set world record:
Toyota dealership Smart Motors in Madison, Wis., aims to set a new Guinness World Record for the longest hybrid-vehicle parade with a lineup stretching more than six miles.

Obama warns of 'tough headwinds' for US economy
WASHINGTON : US President Barack Obama warned Saturday that the US economy still faced "tough headwinds," as he welcomed newly created jobs in the once-troubled automobile industry.

Obama warns of 'tough headwinds' for U.S. economy
WASHINGTON, USA - U.S. President Barack Obama warned Saturday that the U.S. economy still faced "tough headwinds," as he welcomed newly created jobs in the once-troubled automobile industry.

Obama warns of 'tough headwinds' for US economy
President Barack Obama warned on Saturday that the US economy still faced "tough headwinds," as he welcomed newly created jobs in the once-troubled automobile industry.

M&M asks suppliers to focus on cost reduction,on-time delivery
New Delhi, Jun 5 (PTI) In the wake of Indian automobile industry facing the heat from higher interest rates and rising inputs costs, Mahindra & Mahindra has asked its suppliers to focus on cost reduction while also stressing on the need for on-time delivery.The firm, which held a conference of around 150 suppliers from India and abroad in Korea last month, has also asked them to build capacity ...

Automakers trail in the great gizmo race:
A customer at Rockland Toyota in suburban New York recently asked why he couldn't recharge his cell phone through the USB port built into the otherwise sophisticated Toyota Venza crossover.

New BMW 1-series bows with turbo four-cylinder power across the lineup:
Meet the next-generation BMW 1-series. The upcoming baby Bimmer will sport all twin-scroll turbocharged four-cylinder engines burning either gasoline or diesel, hauling around a car that's grown in every dimension except height.

Revealed: New Mini Coupe set to become first modern two-seat Mini:
This is what enthusiasts have been waiting for. From the cute Mini coupe concept that debuted almost two years ago at the Frankfurt motor show to today, when the sporty two-seat Mini Coupe in the United States has finally been revealed as reality.

Civic hybrid tests Honda's new strategy:
Despite being the first to sell an electric-gasoline car in the United States and making hybrid technology a centerpiece of its fuel economy push, Honda Motor Co.

Auto industry combats distracted driving:
We've all done it--dashed off a quick text while waiting at a stoplight or instinctively picked up the phone when it buzzes with a new message, even though we are behind the wheel.


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